For this final assignment I hope to tackle the issue of misrepresentation of people suffering from anorexia. My goal with this piece is to bring to light how society views people with eating disorders as nothing more than the disease but that in truth they are people first, they have a past, a family, goals, and spirits that live beyond the disease. I plan on juxtaposing images of people suffering from anorexia –not done in the traditional harsh light they tend to be displayed in but in a soft, loving manner with images of my cousin.
Sarah died from the disease when I was six, she was only 18 and is my main inspiration for this piece. The only memories I have of her are from when I was 4-6 years old and those were the two years where the disease took over. I want to try and get back to the way a child would see someone with this issue. I was always aware that she was ill and had it explained to me by my parents but because of the innocent child’s point of view I never saw her as the disease but instead as someone who I loved dearly without ever concentrating on the external. By using both redrawn images from old family photos, some photo reprints and articles about her life-birth announcement, write ups in the paper about things she accomplished in her youth along with her obituary and possibly some belongings of hers I now have in my possession. By putting these too styles of images together I hope to open a dialogue about how the disease and also facilitate some person closure.
The Following are a few images I've chosen from the book.
Here's a link to the rest of the images in the piece: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56993399@N02/sets/72157625464541419